Messi produced a sublime performance as Barcelona beat Spurs 4-2 at Wembley, playing the defence-splitting passes for the opening two goals before scoring twice himself, while also hitting the post twice. The game was a bit odd, it could've gone 4-1 but then we got it back to 3-2 but it was just that they had the end product - it shows that they have taken their chances.
Nobody disputes the genius he showed for the first time more than a decade ago and has demonstrated consistently since but, after so long at the top and having played more than 800 games, we have to accept that nights like these, when he illuminated Wembley, might be less frequent.
Some more poor play from Lloris saw Messi nearly score soon after as the La Liga giants pushed for a fourth goal.
"But, with all respect, Luka and the others know there is a player who is different to the others, and that is Leo Messi". He held the ball up, tracked back and ran around like a man possessed in the second half to try and get his team back in the game.
Philippe Coutinho took only 92 seconds to give Barca the lead at Wembley on Wednesday, with Rakitic's unstoppable 25-yarder doubling the Catalan side's first-half advantage.
Lionel Messi has not spoken about their last two games, and according to the report by UK Mirror, Gerard Pique is unhappy with the situation.
Messi and Co. have been written off by many already, and after going three years without winning the Champions League, they will have to clean up their defensive deficiencies to have a real chance of winning it all in Madrid in May. "It will be tough because we've got to win games. There's all to play for and we believe we can do it".
"It's so hard to stop this type of player". "He was impressive not just with the ball but also defending".
Messi's performance once again raised the debate of who the best player in the world is, with teammate Jordi Alba claiming he deserved to win FIFA's "The Best" award.
Her dad Nicky said: "Zara and I are really proud of how calm Grace was walking out in front of 90,000 people". "Harry proved he is one of the best strikers in the world".
Information from ESPN FC's Adriana Garcia was used in this article.
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